Translation © by Jakob Kellner

Wohin ich geh' und schaue
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE FRE ITA
Wohin ich geh' und schaue,
In Feld und Wald und Tal,
[Vom Berg hinab in die Aue;
Viel schöne, hohe Fraue]1, 
Grüß ich dich tausendmal.

In meinem Garten find' ich
Viel [Blumen]2, schön und fein, 
Viel Kränze wohl draus wind' ich
Und tausend Gedanken bind' ich
Und Grüße mit darein.

[Ihr darf ich keinen reichen,
Sie ist zu hoch und schön,
Die müssen alle verbleichen,
Die Liebe nur ohnegleichen]3
Bleibt ewig im Herzen stehn.

Ich schein' wohl froher Dinge
Und schaffe auf und ab,
Und, ob das Herz zerspringe,
Ich grabe fort und singe,
Und grab' mir bald mein Grab.

R. Franz sets stanzas 1-3
F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy sets stanzas 1-3

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1 Mendelssohn: "Vom Hügel hinauf die Aue;/ Vom Berg aufwärts weit ins Blaue"
2 Mendelssohn: "Blümchen"
3 Mendelssohn:
Dir darf ich keinen reichen,
Du bist zu hoch und schön,
Sie müssen zu bald verbleichen,
Die Liebe ohnegleichen

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De tuinman", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Jakob Kellner) , "Wherever I go and look", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le jardinier", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Jacques Jobard) , "Le jardinier", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Gianni Franceschi) , "Il giardiniere", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Jakob Kellner

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:27
Line count: 20
Word count: 100

Wherever I go and look
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Wherever I go and look,
in field and forest and plain,
down the hill to the mead;
most beautiful noble lady,
I greet you a thousand times.

In my garden I find
many flowers, pretty and nice,
many garlands I bind from them
and a thousand thoughts 
and greetings I weave into them.

Her I must not give one,
she is too noble and fair;
they all have to fade,
only unequalled love 
stays in the heart forever.

I seem to be of good cheer
and work to and fro,
and, though my heart bursts,
I dig on and sing,
and soon I dig my grave.

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:27
Line count: 20
Word count: 106